July 2017

Did you notice how the first half of the year just seemingly flew by? We’re officially into the seventh month of 2017!

It’s the second half of the year, and you’re probably (hopefully!) in the full swing of things by now. How’s the work grind? If you’re feeling great and on track, good for you. Keep up the good work, and finish strong! On the other hand, if you’re feeling stuck and aimless, don’t worry! It’s not the end of the year/world yet. Past the halfway mark is a good time to reevaluate your goals, and see if there’s anything that needs recalibrating so you can arrive at the best position to achieve them. You still have half of the year to end on a good note. We’re rooting for you!

If there’s anything we can do to help, let us know. If you think your professional setup needs a bit of a shakeup, we’re your best bet. At One Asia Center, we offer innovative and creative work solutions that will help you succeed. From serviced and virtual offices, to flexible workspaces, to business support, our fully serviced business center of choice in the heart of the Philippines’ central business district, we’re here to make sure you not only survive, but THRIVE in the years to come!

Studies show that 37% of towns and cities in the Philippines don’t have access to banks or payment centers. Imagine that! What can we do to bring the digital economy to these areas, and in the process, improve our fellow Filipinos’ lives? Fortunately for us, Sean Darilay and his team at POS!BLE.NET answered the call to serve! Now imagine a world where you can pay your bills and do other financial transactions in your friendly neighborhood sari-sari store. Impossible? Of course not! POS!BLE.NET brings essential services such as bills payment, money remittance, and prepaid digital goods to underserved communities.

Affordable, secure, flexible, and expandable; the company’s services are backed by more than 20 years’ experience in the IT, telecommunications, and banking industries. With One Asia Center as its partner, POS!BLE.NET aspires to achieve collective and sustainable development by linking hard-to-reach places and people groups to the digital economy.

The Philippines is one step closer to redefining the way we work. CNN Philippinesreports that the Senate has approved, in May, the Telecommuting Act of 2017, “a bill aimed towards encouraging companies to establish ‘work-from-home’ programs to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and other urban areas”. “The bill defines telecommuting as the partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies for the commute to work by employees. While [it] does not require employers to establish telecommuting arrangements, it aims to protect home-based employees by ensuring that work-from-home programs comply with labor standards set by law.” Unfortunately, we have to wait a little longer before telecommuting becomes part of our new reality. Per Rappler, “A counterpart measure has been filed in the House of Representatives but it is still pending in the committee level. Before the measure becomes a law, the House has to approve the bill on the third and final reading.”

Still, this is a great first step to finding nontraditional solutions to our traffic problem. Soon, we’ll be seeing more and more professionals working from home or from coworking spaces that are more conveniently located than their offices. Despite the unconventional arrangement, it just might boost productivity, as it would lessen time wasted in gridlocks on the road.

Ah, the rainy days! Nothing like bad/bed weather, and even just the thought of spending hours in infernal traffic to get you out of the mood for work. You know those days that feel like you’re trying to start a car whose battery remains stubbornly dead? We’ve all probably experienced those at one time or another. So, if you feel like you’re in a rut, first, fret not. You’re not alone.

Think of it this way: that feeling is a reminder from your body (and/or from the universe) that perhaps, you’ve been working too hard. Knowing is half the battle. The other half is doing something to get you off your slump.

Here’s a list of ideas we’ve come up with to help you kick-start your way back to the dynamo we all know you are. We believe in you. You can do it!

First came the “cronut”, a cross between a croissant and a donut. Other “Frankenpastries” followed suit, although not quite achieving the same worldwide fame that the former enjoyed. There was the “townie” (tart and brownie), the “brookie” a.k.a. the “brookster” (brownie and cookie), the “duffin” (donut and muffin), and the “wonut” (waffle and donut). Here in local shores, we do have our own version of a hybrid dessert. A “Custaroon”, according to its creator, is a “deliciously unique combination of smooth and creamy flan topped with a chewy, buttery crust”. From its name, we can guess that it’s a cross between custard and macaroon, two definite Filipino favorites.

If you want to take home a different kind of pasalubong for your family, or wow your coworkers with this unusual take on dessert, look no further than Gigi Gaerlan’s Custaroons, sold at various The Custaroonery shops around the metro, one of which is at the second floor of the Century City Mall. “This irresistible dessert is handmade and baked fresh daily using only the most premium ingredients in the market.” Plus, it comes in the prettiest packaging, too! It’s definitely worth a try!

They say a business is only as good as its location. So, where you open shop is a crucial decision to make. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. If you need an office space at the Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City area—whether to use as a temporary, transitional, or maybe even short- (one month) to medium-term (two to three years) office space—our partner, FOXHOLE, is ready to welcome you. Contact us now!